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There are several talking newspapers in Hertfordshire, below are the details of those that we are aware of:

Welwyn Hatfield area:

WHATnews! is a registered charity made up entirely of volunteers.  Every fortnight we record a new WHATnews! talking newspaper CD. We read a selection of articles based on the most recent editions of the local Welwyn Hatfield Times newspaper, occasionally including items from other sources. There are four teams who work in rotation, which gives some variety in editing and reading styles.

We send the talking newspaper CDs to each of our listeners for free, in sturdy padded pouches, and our listeners return the pouches to us for free in the post, ready for distribution of the next CD.

We are always delighted to gain a new listener, and we also welcome enquiries from anyone who might like to join us in the running of WHATnews!, for instance as a recordist or as a member of our management committee.

If you would like to be added to our list of listeners, or would like to learn more about us, please email the WHATnews! secretary, Robert, at or phone him on 07708 468 708.

Dacorum Talking Newspaper:

The service is free, as is the postage to any visually impaired person. The charity is entirely dependent on voluntary donations. It has no permanent sponsorship from any local authority or industry.
The Dacorum Talking Newspaper is available to visit your Club or group to illustrate the work of our charity with blind people. It includes a slide show depicting our work, the various forms of sight loss and the many aids available to make life easier for blind people. We do not charge for the presentation but would hope to receive a donation towards our Charity. For more information or to book please contact the Secretary on 01442 217918 or by e-mail by clicking here .

Dacorum Talking Newspaper has it’s own website which also includes their weekly news in a downloadable audio format (MP3). The link their website is as follows:

Stevenage Talking Newspaper

Their is a talking news service for the area covered by The Comet.  Anyone who wants to receive this weekly service, free of any charge, will be welcome. Contact John May for further questions by telephone: 07948 794982 or by email

Watford Talking Newspaper:

What is on the weekly Watford Talking Newspaper? News reports are provided by The Watford Observer. The magazine section has items such as gardening, what’s on, a recipe, football and radio recommendations. There are also audio versions of local Council magazines “About Watford” and “The Three Rivers Times”.

In what format is the TN available? You can listen to the TN via the British Wireless for the Blind using their player, or on the internet at Most listeners use a USB memory stick, which we send out in a yellow Freepost Articles for the Blind re-usable pouch. You listen to it, and return it to us via Freepost to use the next week.

Their website can be found here:

Bishop’s Stortford & District Talking Newspaper

The Talking Newspaper is an entirely free service for visually impaired people, produced by volunteers and delivered by post to your home. If you would like to subscribe for the Talking Newspaper, or you are aware of someone else who might benefit from our service, please contact Richard Barnett on 01279 651270 or email

The website for this this Talking Newspaper is here:

St.Albans Talking Newspaper

It’s a weekly audio programme sent out free of charge. It helps those with limited sight to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in St Albans, Harpenden and all the villages within the District. Each week, it covers the top news items and readers’ letters from the Herts Advertiser and the Review. Plus interviews, features, music and more to create a programme that’s entertaining and informative. Making sure our listeners are in touch with what’s going on where they live.

The website for this Talking Newspaper is here:


If you have a relative, friend or neighbour who has limited or no sight, tell them about our free weekly recording

  • 30 minutes of news from the Borehamwood Times and Watford Observer plus
  • 30 minutes of magazine style items

To find out about this easy to use service please contact:

David Clout 01923 854403 or Don Scott 01923 856935.

The website for this Talking Newspaper can be found online here: